PER Diem: March 5, 2009

How good is Brandon Roy? He might just be the seventh-best player in the NBA

Updated: March 5, 2009, 3:15 PM ET
By John Hollinger | ESPN.com

PORTLAND -- Brandon Roy needs a nickname, so let me boldly propose one: The Magnificent Seven.

For starters, he wears No. 7, which is helpful. But this season, he's the magnificent No. 7 in more ways than one.

Take a look at the NBA this season. Six players have been a cut above the rest -- LeBron James, Tim Duncan, Dwight Howard, Chris Paul, Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade. But who has been the seventh-best? Search around, and you won't find anyone with a better case than Roy.

He ...

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